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Escondido Community Foundation awards record $303K in grants

Escondido Community Foundation (ECF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, awarded $302,825 in funding during its 14th year of giving. The 2020 grantmaking, which is the highest amount ECF has ever granted to the community in one year, will support 17 programs strengthening the environment in Escondido and addressing the impacts of COVID-19.

 “Since 2006, the Escondido Charitable Foundation has served as a catalyst for community impact that addresses the needs of those who live, work and visit Escondido,” said Jack Raymond, board chairman for ECF. “Early in 2020, our members decided to focus the annual grantmaking on environmental initiatives but once the pandemic hit, our members sprang into action to expand our grantmaking and help families and individuals impacted by COVID-19. This historic generosity is a testament to the spirit of everyone in Escondido.” 

In 2020, ECF members also celebrated the dedication of the 40-foot by 108-foot Giving Arch in Escondido, which recognizes the generosity and community spirit of Escondido residents. The arch was a multi-year project that complemented ECF’s past grant cycles, which invested in programs and projects that focused on enhancing the Escondido community.  

Through 14 years of grantmaking, ECF has addressed a wide range of community issues including health and human services; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education; access to the outdoors; advancing arts & culture and more. ECF was founded to provide community members with a vehicle to increase effective and responsible philanthropy in Escondido. Since 2006, ECF has granted more than $2.7 million and generated $5.4 million in impact to strengthen the community.

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About the 2020 Grantees: 

EcoLife Conservation 

Environmental Education & Food System Awareness Through Classroom Aquaponics

The $25,000 grant will connect students with their food systems, empower them to nurture living things, and foster greater care and concern for the environment .

Friends of Daley Ranch 

Opening Young Eyes to Nature in Escondido 

The $25,00 grant will help provide students with fun and engaging opportunities at Daley Ranch that help young people learn about the natural environmental through exploration. 

San Pasqual Union School 

Interactive Science Garden 

The $25,000 grant will enhance the Interactive Science Garden that provides students with hands-on experiences and engages them in interactive projects linked to Next-Generation Science Standards 

Escondido Creek Conservancy 

Habitats: A Program for All Escondido Union District 3rd Graders

The $24,000 grant will help foster stewardship among Escondido youth so that the next generation will become leaders for a healthier, more vibrant, and more sustainable community and planet.

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum 

Water & Environmental Education Workshops for Children in Escondido 

The $20,825 grant will provide youth in Escondido with virtual workshops and individualized supply kits so that they have the tools and resources needed to become environmental stewards. 

Coastal Roots Farm

Environmental STEM Education Programs

The $17,500 grant will provide Escondido students with virtual farm visits to give youth a deeper appreciation and awareness of food plants and motivate good stewardship of nature and the environment.

I Love a Clean San Diego 

Food for Thought

The $17,500 grant will address food waste and food insecurity in Escondido by prioritizing social, environmental and economic solutions that help Escondido families in need. 

San Diego Zoo Global 

Exploring Conservation Science Program for 8th Grade EUSD Students

The $15,000 grant will give young prospective biologists the opportunity to apply their textbook knowledge of biology and chemistry to real work scenarios in conservation science. The San Diego Zoo Global science education programs are fully aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and help open their minds to the exciting world of conservation science through active discovery 

Additional grantmaking is supporting COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts. Grants include: 

  • Escondido Union School District – $40,000 
  • Feeding San Diego – $20,000
  • Interfaith Community Services – $20,000
  • COVID-19 Community Response Fund – $17,000
  • The Salvation Army Escondido – $15,000
  • Neighborhood Healthcare – $10,000
  • Palomar Health Foundation – $5,000
  • San Diego Futures Foundation – $5,000 
  • Front Line Appreciation Group – $1,000

About the Escondido Community Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program

The Regional Affiliate program, including the Escondido Community Foundation, was established by The San Diego Foundation to create a regional network of affiliate foundations by leveraging local leadership, building endowments, increasing impactful philanthropy, and promoting civic engagement. Affiliates reside in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, and 4S Ranch-Del Sur. The Regional Affiliate program has exceeded 1,000 members, established endowments of more than $5 million overall, and granted more than $6 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

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